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Pride

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PRIDE Freddie Fox, Ben Schnetzer, Faye Marsay, Joseph Gilgun, Paddy Considine, and George Mackay
Nicola Dove

Pride

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
120 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/19/14
performer:
George MacKay, Bill Nighy, Dominic West
director:
Matthew Warchus
distributor:
CBS Films
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

During the British coal miners’ yearlong strike against Margaret Thatcher’s government in 1984, one Welsh mining town got financial support from a surprising source: a London-based group of gays and lesbians who seemed to share little more than a mutual enmity toward the Iron Lady. Well, that and music. In the film, Dominic West’s gay activist leads a rousing disco routine that gets the locals (including Imelda Staunton) on their feet. Director Matthew Warchus, veteran of stage hits like Matilda, grew up in a northern England mining community but admits he wasn’t familiar with the true-life story until he read Stephen Beresford’s script. ”There was a sense of disbelief and wonder,” he says. ”How did we not know about it?”

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